Saturday, July 9, 2016

My Current Quilt Projects...



All of the Christmas fabrics start showing up in quilt stores in July.  There's a reason for this!  If you're gonna get a quilt made in time for Christmas, you've gotta start EARLY!!!

I actually started this wall hanging quilt about 3 years ago...at the beginning of December...not a good idea!  LOL  It was a panel that I saw on display at the LQS and I had to have it!  I started out handquilting it in my small, portable Q-Snap frame...taking it to guild meetings, etc., and working on it there.   It wasn't getting done very fast, OBVIOUSLY...so after I finished the Baskets quilt that was in my floor frame, I decided to put this one in the floor frame and finish it.  It is getting done a lot quicker now and will be ready to hang this Christmas season!



My current piecing project is also a Christmas quilt...this time a queen-sized quilt.  Last Christmas my daughter-in-law said she'd like a Christmas quilt, so I designed one in EQ7 for her...


It's coming along nicely!  All of the green/white blocks are pieced and squared up.  I'm currently piecing the star blocks and am about 1/3rd of the way done with them.  

When we were in Tennessee in June, we went to the Mt. Juliet Farmisan Market because our daughter had a booth there selling her glass bird feeders.   Across from her booth Crittenden Custom Creations had a booth set up and I went over to investigate.   Bill Crittenden makes hand-turned pens so I asked him if he had ever made any seam rippers.  He acknowledged that he had never done one before but was anxious to make one and took my order.  I received it about a week ago and am sooooooo impressed with it!  It is beautiful!!!



The handle is carved from a rectangled block of dyed plywood!  It is double-ended.  You pull out the metal end, turn it around and push the rounded piece back into the hole in the end to get this...


The end on the left is bigger...more for coarse cloth like denim or canvas.  The end on the right is finer and more for lightweight fabrics, like quilter's cotton.  I love the feel of it in my hand...it is very well balanced...like a nice writing instrument.  I haven't had any seams that needed ripped out since receiving it, but I'm sure that will all come to a screeching halt when I start joining my blocks on the Christmas quilt!  (Joining the blocks to make a top is ALWAYS where I make my mistakes!!!)  


Loretta

Another Trip to Tennessee...

Quote for the Day:
"Never go on trips with anyone you do not love."
~Ernest Hemingway


In June we took ANOTHER trip back to Tennessee to our daughter's to celebrate our grandson, Clark's, 2nd birthday.  (Whew...4 trips in 5 months makes one exhausted!)  
 
Clark and Sera...



The party was held at a pavilion at the local park and it was HOTTER THAN HADES that day!  The kids were able cool off at the park's "Splash Pad"...



The next day we all took a jaunt up to the bridge where Erin and Dale got married in September.  There was a boat race that day so we got to watch it from the bridge for a few minutes.


Andy HATES having his picture taken, so he will do anything to keep from looking at the camera or smiling...




Loretta



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Alex's New Quilt...


When the grandkids turn three years old I make them a twin-sized quilt for their "big" bed.  Since Alex is turning three this July, his mom asked that I make another "jar" quilt for his bed since he and Andrew now share a room and have bunk beds.  (I made this "bug jar" quilt for Andrew's third birthday.)

Instead of a strictly "bug" jars, I decided to do more of an "eye spy" type of quilt but put them in "jars".  Unfortunately, I don't have any up close pictures of the "jars", but there were things like tires, animals, umbrellas, candy, monkeys, fish, etc., ....and yes, bugs, too!  




The pieced back...(looks like there is an "orb" on the right side of the quilt because there was nothing on the quilt itself)...



The label...


I hate to mail quilts because I'm always afraid that they will get lost, so as much as possible, I hand-deliver them.  Since we won't be there for his birthday this year, we took it down with us when we went on vacation.



He immediately wanted to go down and put it on his bed!!!   I think he likes it!!!  


Here is a comparison of the two quilts side-by-side.  The brown "shelf" fabric, the black background, and the blue border were different but very similar since the fabric was purchased 5 years apart!



On the Home Front...

I love to garden, but have to used raised beds or do container gardening because of my back and knee.  Last years container garden was a bust and I only have one raised bed that I use to grow green beans in.  Toward the end of the summer last year I saw an ad for the Garden Tower2 and was extremely interested but decided to revisit the idea this year since the gardening season was over by that time last year.  I ordered one this Spring and it came a couple of days before we left on vacation.  This is what it looked like when I planted it before we left on vacation..some plants, some seeds...




And this is what it looked like 2.5 weeks later!!!  Everything is so green and lush and growing so well!!






Loretta

Georgia Vacation...




We just got back from a vacation to our son's family in Georgia!  We were there for Andrew's 8th birthday!  My...how time has FLOWN!  

On Saturday mornings he has riding therapy...




For the most part now, he guides the horse without the therapist using the lead!

And this is the little guy, Alex.  He will be 3 this July!  He is all boy...so active...and loves to be outdoors!




This video should make your day!!!  It is Alex, Grandpa, and Ginger playing in the back yard.  I just LOVE Alex's giggle!!!





While in Georgia, my daughter-in-law and I went to Goodwill...after all, what is a family visit without a trip to the local Goodwill, anyway???  ;)    I found this 100% cotton fabric...5 - 3 yard pieces of the light blue with pink flowers (total 15 yards!!!) and 1 yard of the veggie fabric...All for less than $9.00!!!!  SCORE!!!




Loretta



Friday, May 13, 2016

Cottage Baskets Quilt DONE!!!

Quote for the Day:
"I’m writing my book in fifth person, so 
every sentence starts out with: 
'I heard from this guy who told somebody …' "
~Demetri Martin


I actually finished this quilt about 10 days ago but just didn't have time photograph it and write the blog post, so here it is now!

Back in 2011, Andy & I attended the estate auction of a quilter and I got a lot of fabric, kits, etc. In one of the totes were these blocks that were pieced but not joined into a top, yet.  Last November I pulled out the blocks and joined them into a top, loaded it into my hand-quilting frame and started quilting them with "big-stitch" quilting using 3 strands of embroidery floss.  

Here is the finished quilt...




I had 2 blocks left over so I used one and hand-wrote the label info on it...



Loretta

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Oh HAIL No...


This past Thursday we had a hail storm to be all hail storms here in our town.  I was at work 30 miles away and wasn't here for it, but Andy was home.  He knew that I wouldn't believe him about how big the hail was so after it stopped he went out and grabbed some and put them in the freezer to show me when I got home.

I put an extra-large egg beside them so you could see the size comparison...


The siding on our house got damaged on the north and west sides, the metal roofs on the two sheds and carport we put up 3 years ago got heavy damage, and both of Andy's cars were sitting out and got damaged.

I don't know if you can see it, but the entry doors to the sheds look like they were pelted with gunfire, though none of the dents made holes...


Andy's Subaru Forester...






Andy's Subaru Baja...






A lot of people lost the windows of their cars like our neighbors did...


Insurance adjusters have descended upon our town and you can see their business cars everywhere as they check out the damage for their customers.  We already have our appointment set up with our adjuster in the coming week.


On a lighter note...
When my friend gave me the quilt tops a few weeks ago, in the bag was a sandwiched "quilt" that was in the process of being tied.  The top and backing were just large pieces of ugly 1970's-looking red fabric but I noticed that what they were using for batting was actually a vintage quilt.  I decided to remove the ties and check out the quilt.  It was in fairly good condition except for the edges.  It had a "knife-edge" finish around the edges and it just didn't hold up to the wear and tear the quilt received.

I cut off 2" all the way around the border and then added a traditional border.  Here is what it looks like now!



The fabric is fragile from age, but it is now a usable quilt again!  

Loretta